Category: TRAVEL

Fun at Little Street, Maidstone

Fun at Little Street, Maidstone

One of the things I really want to do here on the blog this year is showcase some of our favourite family friendly days out and attractions in our local area. I’ve previously shared our day at Kent Life Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival and our […]

Dinner at The Horsehoes  {#AD – Gifted for Review}

Dinner at The Horsehoes {#AD – Gifted for Review}

Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to the press night of the Horseshoes relaunch. The country pub, set in the charming village of East Farleigh has had an extensive makeover and has been transformed into a stylish & chic haven with luxurious […]

A visit to The Paulos Circus Rockets Tour – AD GIFTED

A visit to The Paulos Circus Rockets Tour – AD GIFTED

At the weekend we were invited to The Paulo’s circus for a special family trip out. We were all very excited as it would be the children’s first visit to the circus and my first in a very long time.

I was a little nervous as to how Florence would react once the lights went out as she is generally very nervous in settings like this but she was absolutely fine once the show began. She sat so nicely with her huge bag of popcorn and spinning light that we’d bought from the kiosk. 

The show itself felt less like a circus, more of a circus trick talent show if you see what I mean? Each act came on at separate times performed, bowed and then it moved onto the next. I was expecting a more traditional format with a busy stage of lots of tricks and acts perhaps even following a narrative. This being said, it was still enjoyable to watch. 

We particularly enjoyed the silk acrobats and the juggler! Florence has been talking about the juggler and his orange cups ever since. The mime / chair balancing act was impressive too. 

The show wasn’t lost on William either. I had wondered if he’d be a bit young for it but we took along the summer infant booster seat (gifted) and attached it to the chair so her could sit up and watch. He loved all of the lights too and sat in awe during the laser act. 

Considering it is a family show I was surprised to find that there was no interval to allow for a loo break (particularly as Florence is so newly potty trained) and the toilets were closed pretty much as soon as the show finished which lead to a very stressful experience with a toddler who needed a wee before we left. Despite asking if they could make an exception we were just told there was nothing they could do.

That aside, we had a great time at Paulos circus on Sunday and with tickets only costing £7 I think it’s great value for money for a family outing.

Paulos Circus is in Strood until this Sunday and then will be at the Leybourne site throughout October.

Show Times:

Thursdays & Fridays

5pm & 7.15pm

Saturdays & Sundays

2pm & 4.30pm

You can buy tickets at the Box Office from 11pm daily.

JUST SO YOU KNOW

We were gifted four tickets to The Paulos Circus in return for a full and hones review. All opinions are my own.

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Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

After a particularly miserable week plagued with illness here I was determined that this weekend would be filled with memory making and quality family time to end a rather lovely summer. The first weekend of September was always marked off in our calendar before we […]

How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

One of the things I was most worried about when it came to having two babies so close in age was the logistics of getting out of the house. I don’t drive and Sean works all week so if we want to go out Monday […]

Jeskyns Community Woodlands & Finding the Gruffalo

Jeskyns Community Woodlands & Finding the Gruffalo

With trying to keep our spending to a minimum while at the same time seeking adventure for my little family I’m always on the look out for free / cheap days out we can go on. Every now and then I discover a place which is destined to be a go to family day out and a couple of weeks ago we found ourselves at Jeskyn’s Community Woodlands which turned out to be just that. Considering I have lived in the county for 25 years and this little patch of beauty is only on a doorstep I can’t quite believe I hadn’t heard of it before – thank you Kent Kids Days Out on Instagram for the recommendation.

It’s essentially a country park with everything you’d expect to find and more. Endless woodlands, wildflower meadows, nature trails and 5 different walking routes. Not to mention the two inspired play areas, hidden fairy village & the orchards with an abundance of fruit which you’re invited to pick and take home for free. We visited Jeskyn’s after dinner in a bid to get Florence to run off some steam before bed and only got to explore a tiny part and the manned facilities (café, learning area etc) were all closed yet were so impressed we’ll be back time & time again.

We did however manage to take advantage of the two natural play areas while we were there. ‘The sandpit’ Play area is the first one you reach if following the Zog trail (oh yes, I forgot to mention that in my list above) and in place of say a swing or slide and as well as the sandpit there is a big carved ‘tree trunk’ perfect for climbing on, a giant wooden tunnel and just next to it, a Fairy village. The possibilities for imaginative play here are just endless!

The second is called the tree house play area. An enclosed green of whispy long grass with wooden carvings of the Gruffalo characters centered around a big wooden treehouse in the middle. Florence’s little face when she me with each of her favourite story time creatures was a picture. We could have (and likely will) spent an entire day here getting lost in the classic children’s story, acting out the tale and tucking into a Gruffalo themed picnic.

We are really excited to return and discover more of Jeskyns Community Woodlands throughout the summer.

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A Day at Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

A Day at Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

While away last week, we packed our week with days out and adventure. One of the places we knew we had to go to was Blackgang Chine – the oldest theme park in the UK and apparent ‘must do’ on everyone’s list. Both Sean and […]

My perfect beach wedding

My perfect beach wedding

I’ve been dreaming of my perfect wedding since I was a little girl. The shoes, the dress, the venue. Over the years, those dreams have changed and changed again and now, despite not being engaged, I picture two very different ideal weddings in my head. One […]